Who said that a restaurant concept begins and ends somewhere between the kitchen and the dining room? There’s often more to what a chef or a brand can do besides just put great food on your plate. With that in mind, there have been quite a few restaurants in Toronto who have expanded their edible operations over to the retail sphere. With some staying in house and others opening up separate retail stores, here’s a list of ten Toronto restaurants with retail, that will serve you more than just your supper…
A cute little counter of crafts makes up Shop L’Ouvrier inside the Dundas West restaurant. Selling locally made jewellery, cookbooks and bottle openers from chef Angus Bennett, the artsy area is a nice addition to their space.
The Dep is a laid back spot for people to share in a variety of food related experiences. From drop-in dinners, workshops, supper clubs and a weekly brunch, they’ve always got some great hard goods and fresh snacks on hand. Check in to their hours before you drop in – they’re as unorthodox as their concept.
Several restaurants in the Terroni family dish out more than just pretty pizzas. With fine Italian products like their tomato sauce, olive oils, olives and other gourmet accouterments on offer, you can bring a little taste of Terroni home, without the doggy bag.
If you didn’t already know, the notorious 24-hour Dundas West diner rubs shoulders with The Lakeview Storehouse. Their retail shop serves a huge takeout menu as well as an agglomeration of extra special pre-packaged goods.
Emma’s Country Kitchen
Modeled off of the bakery and kitchen of owner Rachel Pellett’s grandmother, Emma’s Country Kitchen packs their pantry with frozen soups, dinners and sauces. They also always have ready-to-mow baked goods coming hot out of the oven.
Baked fresh daily in their wood-burning oven, this College Street restaurant sells their magical bread every day (except Mondays) starting at noon. Get it while it’s hot!
With two tiny locations, one on Bathurst Street and one on Queen West, Barton Snacks is a sweet spot for just that – snacks. If you’re not craving one of their hot and homemade options, you can grab up some of their local packaged products like organic bars, popsicles, pop rocks and chips.
One of the originals on the Queen West strip, Oyster Boy is bat sh*t crazy for bivalves. Determined to spread their love of this wondrous seafood, they’ve got their oysters available by the box, or by platter for your pre-shucked enjoyment.
A hidden gem in Cabbagetown, Cafuné celebrates the flavour and spirit of Brazil in all its forms. The restaurant and café is like a quazi-gallery with displays of unique Brazilian art throughout. All made with natural fibers, these artisan pieces are most definitely for purchase.
This Riverside restaurant invites everyone to come whet their appetite with them, even if you’re not staying for supper. With pre-made quiches, soups, salads, preserves, pickles and so much more, they don’t even care if you claim they’re your own.